I’d like to welcome Adaptive Clothes as a new advertiser on the Mobility Basics website. Dressing can be a frustrating and difficult process for people who have physical limitations and the clothing designers of today are more interested in style than accessibility.
Adaptive Clothes is a brand new Canadian Online Retailer of clothes designed for wheelchair users and those who have difficulty in dressing themselves due to illness or injury. They are currently in a growth stage adding new products from the top manufacturers of clothing and accessories that are adaptive in nature and make dressing easier.
You can access their website through their ads throughout the site in the right column or go directly to adaptiveclothes.com.
I read an article yesterday about a fairly young man found on the ground in his driveway between his wheelchair and his car. He was a fairly healthy man who played sports likely was in pretty good shape in spite of his inability to walk. It appears he spent the night there and the wind chill was approaching -40 degrees. He did not survive.
I guess there was a power failure in his neighbourhood and one neighbour speculated that he might have been trying to get in his car for warmth.
Hand controls are devices installed in vehicles that allow those who are not able to use the gas and brake pedals the ability to drive. There are a variety of designs and styles that offer some variations in function to meet the needs of the individual user.
They can be set up for right-handed or left-handed use but must only be installed in vehicles with automatic transmissions and power steering.
Having short legs not only can make driving difficult it can also put the driver in danger of serious injury if they are involved in an accident. Many people are injured every year by air bags that deploy if they are sitting too close to the steering wheel. It is recommended that drivers should have less than 10″ from their chest to the steering wheel to avoid air bag injuries.
Pedal extenders allow drivers with shorter legs to sit further back from the steering wheel of their vehicle while still being able to reach the gas and brake pedals.
I’ve just updated the turning seat section of Mobilitybasics.ca with information on a couple of products from a Canadian company, Adapt Solutions.
The first product is for their XL-Base. The Xl-Base converts a conventional van seat into a turning seat that will turn and lower users out of the van and features a manual backup system in case of lose of power or malfunction.
The XL-Base reuses the original van seat and mounting holes so that no damage or modifications are done to the van that will affect the resale value of the van. Continue reading “Turning Seats Update”
I’ve recently completed a page with information about van conversions on Mobility Basics. The page does not go into great detail about how conversions are done but gives some basic conversion information a brief description of some of the options available.
This is an addition to the new Vehicle section of the web site. Over the next few months this section of the web site will continue to grow with additional vehicle information and some pages devoted to some specific products available.
The Evacuscape rescue chair is a lightweight wheeled chair that caregivers and emergency workers can use to transport mobility impaired people down staircases in the case of an emergency where the elevators can not be used.
The use of an evacuation chair reduces the chances of injury for both the user and those assisting in their evacuation.
I’ve just added two new products from ConvertaStep to the New and Unique Products section of the website.
The first product is a Welcome Mat Ramp the lifts to create a threshold ramp when needed by wheelchair and scooter users. Its available in three sizes for thresholds up to 8″ high and can be purchased as a motorised version for those who aren’t able to lift the ramp.
The second product is the ConvertaStep Lift that is a simple little lift to allow people to access porches and decks up to 33″ high without the need of a huge ramp or expensive porch lift.
I have added two articles in the New and Unique Products section that I think can be of great benefit to wheelchair users and people who have trouble accessing their upper kitchen cabinets.
The first, known as the Diago Lifts, is a mounting system for the cabinets that will lower the upper cabinets and bring them forward with the touch of a button. These lifts can be used on a single cabinet or a row of several cabinets and are available in several sizes.
The second, by the same company, is the Verti Lift. This system leaves the upper cabinets in place but lower the shelves inside the cabinets down to the countertop through the bottom of the cabinet. For those who don’t need the lift for access the shelves can be accessed normally by opening the cabinet doors.